Pate Family History

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Pate Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from the personal name Pat(t), Pate, a short form of Patrick. English and Scottish: nickname for a man with a bald head, from Middle English pate ‘head’, ‘skull’. French (Paté): from Old French pat(t)é ‘with paws’, ‘pawed’ (from pat(t)e ‘paw’), a nickname, applied presumably to a man with large and clumsy hands and feet. German: nickname for a trustworthy man, from Middle High German pate, Middle Low German pade ‘godfather’, ‘male relative’ (see Paeth), or alternatively from a personal name Bado, probably meaning ‘battle’, ‘fight’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Pape, Page, Pace, Plate, Pane, Mate, Tate, Park, Bate, Patz

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Pate Family Origin

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Pate Family Occupations

What did your Pate ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Pate occupation in the UK was Farmer. 12% of Pate's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Pate family was Cabinet Maker. Farmer, Cotton Weaver and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pate.

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  • Farmer

  • Cotton Weaver

  • Coal Miner

  • Cabinet Maker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Pate ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Pate Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 107,000 census records available for the last name Pate. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pate census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Pate. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Pate. For the veterans among your Pate ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pate Life Expectancy

What is the average Pate lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Pate life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Pate in 1943 was 48, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Pate

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pate ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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